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International Programs in Engineering

Choose Your International Experience

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Even in Engineering you’ll be able to fit an international experience into your schedule. You can choose to study abroad, intern abroad, or volunteer abroad. The benefit to you is invaluable. Employers seek job applicants with international experiences, and intercultural skills can often be a deciding factor for selecting new employees.

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Study Abroad

Summer Programs

These programs include courses in language and culture that can be applied to humanities, Western, or non-Western cultural studies requirements, and toward the International Minor in Engineering, if enrolled. A few programs offer some technical credit and research opportunities.

Semester and/or Academic Year

Semester and academic year programs offer the most beneficial way to learn about another culture via immersion for an extended time. If you are serious about developing your intercultural understanding and skills, consider spending one or two semesters studying abroad at a technical university.

Intern Abroad

AIESEC Illinois

As a Registered Student Organization, AIESEC serves as the international platform for young people to explore and develop their leadership potential so as to have a positive impact in society. AIESEC provides its members with an integrated development experience comprised of leadership opportunities, international internships and participation in a global learning environment.

Volunteer Abroad

Engineers Without Borders (EWB) – UIUC Chapter

A Registered Student Organization committed to advancing the quality of life in impoverished countries via socioeconomically and ecologically sustainable engineering projects. Students from all disciplines design and implement these projects. The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign chapter is founded on the philosophy of helping developing countries while also holding local events to educate the masses about sustainable development. Their goal is to help disadvantaged communities improve their quality of life through implementation of environmentally and economically sustainable engineering projects, while developing internationally responsible engineering students.




IPENG is the International Programs in Engineering Office. We provide international opportunities to engineering students within the College of Engineering at Urbana-Champaign. These opportunities range from summer short programs to an academic year. With planning, students earn credit towards their degree while studying abroad. Our mission is:

“to bring international awareness to engineering students through study, work, and service opportunities”

This comprehensive site is designed to help you find an international experience that suits your needs. Include a study abroad experience as part of your academic career and see how it will enhance not only your personal self, but your resume and future career.